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Farris Grove dedicated to civic-minded residents

Staff from the Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville joined with community members Friday, Oct. 31, to name a picnic area in honor of a civic-minded local resident and his wife.

Below, the monument marking Farris Grove  is unveiled.  From left are BLM Eagle Lake Field Manager Dayne Barron and Farris family members Calvin, Carol, Diana, Lori and JoAnn.

From left are BLM Eagle Lake Field Manager Dayne Barron and Farris family members Calvin, Carol, Diana, Lori and JoAnn.
A close-up of the plaque shows "Farris Grove; In honor of George and Diana Farris, former owners of Hobo Camp; Because of the commitment to our community

Stan Bales, outdoor recreation planner for the Eagle Lake Field Office, said the honor recognizes the family's important role in keeping Hobo Camp and recreational access to the Susan River Canyon open to the public.  

George and Diana Farris owned the 85 acres of forest and river access from 1953 until 1981, when it was transferred to public ownership.

The Farris family allowed unrestricted public use during the entire time they owned the property, Bales said.  He noted the property could have been sold for private development, eliminating access from Susanville to the Susan River Canyon (the route of the Bizz Johnson Trail).  He said Farris has spoken of his deep passion for natural resources and their importance for the well being of children and their families. (photo descriptions below)

Farris family members cut a cake to celebrate the event
Two Farris grandchildren get a very close look at the monument, touching the rock and plaque
Matt Sayles of the Lassen Land and Trails Trust strums a guitar as he sings railroad songs to the crowd

Above, Farris family members cut a cake to celebrate the event.  Farris grandchildren got a very close look at the monument, second photo, as Matt Sayles, executive director of the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, third photo, entertained with railroad songs.

Hobo Camp is so named because railroad hobos once camped in the area.  It was easy for them to hop onto trains as they climbed slowly out of Susanville, headed west.  It is now a popular site for fishing, swimming and picnicking, and serves a trailhead for the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail.

George Farris, 95, is a Susanville native who recalls the important role of the railroad in the early days of Susanville.  Railroads were once used to bring logs from the forest to the sawmills in Susanville and Westwood, and to ship finished lumber to markets.  Local passengers could connect from Susanville to main rail routes west of Reno.  Rail service ceased

in 1956.  The Southern Pacific Railroad officially abandoned the line in 1977, and work began to create the Bizz Johnson Trail along the route between Susanville and Westwood.

- J. Fontana, 11/4/08


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Last updated: 11-05-2008